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The 1872-3 cruise of the pearl-shelling schooner Franz : reordering the southwest Pacific maritime trade

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Stephen MullinsStephen Mullins
The 1872 cruise of Franz illustrates a number of points about the transformation of 19th Century Australian pearl-shelling. In 1872 its methods of operation, labour relations and financial arrangements were much the same as in the earlier western Pacific whaling, sandalwood and bêche-de-mer (trepang) industries. However, onboard relationships were being re-ordered as pearl-shelling became more capital intensive and required more experienced labour. Pearl-shelling masters also had to contend with changing regulatory regimes and shifting loci of power on remote maritime frontiers. Failure to cope with these could prove disastrous.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

90

Issue

3

Start Page

273

End Page

289

Number of Pages

17

ISSN

0025-3359

Location

Northwick Park, Harrow, UK

Publisher

Society for Nautical Research

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Mariner's mirror.